Miami Resident Gets 81 Months in Prison for Identity Theft, Tax Fraud

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Brandon James of Miami, Fla., was recently sentenced to 81 months in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release, for his involvement in a stolen identity tax fraud (SIRF) scheme.

James was also ordered to pay a special assessment of $300, and restitution of $382,444.

According to court documents, James and co-conspirators Laron Larkin and Eric Fussell used at least 121 stolen identities to file fraudulent tax returns seeking more than $862,000 in refunds. The IRS paid approximately $382,444 of those refunds to debit cards, which James was involved in cashing.

James had previously pled guilty to conspiracy to steal government monies, theft of government funds, and aggravated identity theft.

Larkin, who pled guilty to conspiracy to steal government monies and aggravated identity theft, was sentenced on October 7, 2013 to 36 months and one day in prison.